For the last two weeks, we have been profiling our staff for the "Top of the Podium Camp" taking place July 7-11 at Sullivan County Community College. The final member of that staff is Ithaca College Graduate Jules Doliscar.
Today we continue our series of articles on Beat the Streets' impressive list of summer camp counselors with UNC-Pembroke rising sophomore Robert Shade.
Shade spent his high school years wrestling for Timber Creek High School in New Jersey where he compiled a 110-20 career record, highlighted by a 35-4 mark his seinor year. Over four years in the Timber Creek lineup, Shade captured titles in Camden County, Region 8, and District 30 (two times). Shade placed 5th at the 2012 New Jersey State Tournament and followed it up with 5th place honors at FloNationals.
Merkin began wrestling when he was 4 under "Coach Yuriy" at the Brooklyn Wrestling Club. For the past 10 years (aside from a short break in 6th grade) Lenny has been a fixture at wrestling events across the city -- as well as at state and national meets. Even before he entered High School, Merkin had built an impressive resume. He has been a State Youth Champion and a USA Wrestling Schoolboy All-American. He was the 2012 BTS Junior League Wrestler of the Year. In his first year at Poly Prep, he continued to pick up impressive victories as he place third at the Mayor's Cup, won the Ivy League Championship, and won the New York State Prep Title. Since the season ended he has picked up another All-American Honor, this time at FILA Cadets. Now, Merkin has his sights clearly set on the USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco Roman National Championships in Fargo, ND this July.
Ricardo should be a great example to many of the campers, as he began his wrestling career on Long Island where he was one of four boys raised by a single parent. While attending Brentwood High School, Ricardo accumulated a record of 155 wins against only 12 losses, and really made his mark statewide. He was a two-time Section 11 Champion, a two-time NYSPHSAA Placewinner, two-time New York State Freestyle Placewinner, and a one-time New York State Greco-Roman Medalist.
Beat the Streets Executive Director Jim Fallis today announced the posting of two new full-time coaching positions.
“In keeping with the long-term strategic plan of our organization, we will be hiring both girls and boys head coaches,” Fallis said. “These two positions will be critical in moving forward with our goal of providing the student-athletes in our programs the best opportunity to develop their full potential both on and off the mat.”
Both positions will be located at Beat the Streets headquarters—better known as the Manhattan Training Center—and will be responsible for planning and leading practices, coordinating competitions, and overseeing the administration of a robust training program.
Fallis added: “I want to thank the leadership of our Board for providing the support needed to make this type of commitment. We will be moving quickly in identifying qualified candidates and our goal will be to have both positions filled before the start of the 2013-14 academic year."
The announcement marks an increased dedication to developing girls wrestling. This change comes amid a larger push for girls wrestling by the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), a close partner of Beat the Streets.
“Our Director of Girls Programming, Cheryl Wong, has done a wonderful job getting the task started, and with these commitments by both the Board and the PSAL, we are now in a strong position to elevate the sport and the opportunities for girls across the five boroughs,” said Fallis.
The positions of Head Girls Wrestling Coach and Head Boys Wrestling coach are both 12-month positions and include health insurance benefits. For more information about the positions and application instructions, see the job posting.
The World Team Trials have returned to Oklahoma State University's Gallagher-Iba Arena and two Beat the Streets Alumni will attempt to make the team.
Oklahoma State Head Wrestling Coach and BTS Board Member John Smith will be leading the first day's activities at the Beat the Streets "Top of the Podium" Wrestling Camp being held at Sullivan County Community College from July 7th-11th.
In addition to a rigorous wrestling program, attendees will get instruction in college preparation, nutrition, and bullying awareness, making this a Comprehensive Camp for creating well-rounded student-athletes and instill valuable skills for personal advancement. This camp is shaping up to be a great learning experience for all wrestlers and coaches involved. The curriculum is specifically designed for first-time summer campers.
With John Smith now on board, the camp should be a resounding success. Smith is one of the most decorated wrestlers in American History. Among his many individual accomplishments are two Olympic Gold Medals, four World Titles, and two NCAA Championships. Immediately following his competitive career, Smith took over as the Head Coach at Oklahoma State University. In his 21 seasons at the helm, Smith has led the Cowboys to 12 Conference Titles and five National Championships. Smith is a two-time winner of the NWCA National Coach of the Year and has coached 24 wrestlers to individual NCAA titles, as well as 95 NCAA All-Americans.
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